What Traveling At Light Speed Would Really Look Like

Super Moderator
User avatar
Posts: 13734
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:45 pm
Location: Chicago

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 5:57 pm » by domdabears


An example of how the the films suggest hyperspace travel would look like.

Image


Credit: University of Leicester

As the hyperdrive is engaged, every star in the sky is seen to stretch before the characters’ eyes as the ship speeds through the galaxy.

The four students - Riley Connors, Katie Dexter, Joshua Argyle, and Cameron Scoular – have shown that this would not be the case.

What University of Leicester physics students suggest hyperspace travel would really look like.

Image

There would be no sign of stars because of the Doppler effect - the same effect which causes the siren of an ambulance to become higher in pitch as it comes towards you.

Doppler blue shift is a phenomenon caused by a source of electromagnetic radiation – including visible light - moving towards an observer.

The effect means that the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation will be shortened.

From the Millennium Falcon crew’s point of view, the wavelength of the light from stars will decrease and ‘shift’ out of the visible spectrum into the X-ray range.

They would simply see a central disc of bright light as Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation is shifted into the visible spectrum.

Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation is radiation left behind from the Big Bang, and is spread across the universe fairly uniformly.

The group found after further investigation that the intense X-rays from stars would push the ship back, causing it to slow down. The pressure felt by the ship would be comparable to that felt at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Their calculations also show that Han would need to store extra amounts of energy on his ship to overcome this pressure in order to continue on his journeys.

Riley Connors, 21, from Milton Keynes, said: “If the Millennium Falcon existed and really could travel that fast, sunglasses would certainly be advisable. On top of this, the ship would need something to protect the crew from harmful X-ray radiation.”

Joshua Argyle, 22, from Leicester, added: “The resultant effects we worked out were based on Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, so while we may not be used to them in our daily lives, Han Solo and his crew should certainly understand its implications.”

Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: “Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films.”

Course leader Dr Mervyn Roy, a lecturer at the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “A lot of the papers published in the Journal are on subjects that are amusing, topical, or a bit off-the-wall. Our fourth years are nothing if not creative! But, to be a research physicist - in industry or academia - you need to show some imagination, to think outside the box, and this is certainly something that the module allows our students to practice.

“Most of our masters students hope to go on to careers in research where a lot of their time will be taken up with scientific publishing - writing and submitting papers, and writing and responding to referee reports.

“This is another area where the module really helps. Because Physics Special Topics is run exactly like a professional journal, the students get the chance to develop all the skills they will need when dealing with high profile journals later on in life.”

You can read the full papers here: https://physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index ... ew/549/360

And here: https://physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index ... ew/575/386

The latest issue of the University of Leicester’s Journal of Physics Special Topics can be found here: https://physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index ... ue/current
I wanna be a Warhol
Displayed on your wall
Still hung up on you

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 3397
Joined: Wed May 12, 2010 2:54 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 6:02 pm » by Thruster


Image
Image

Initiate
User avatar
Posts: 853
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:36 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 6:17 pm » by Domeika


Image

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 9937
Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 3:24 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:09 pm » by *WillEase*


This is only speculative. Until such time that traveling light speed is achieved, I prefer a trippy kaleidoscope color filled worm hole to the boring white spot our young minds conceptualize.

Super Moderator
User avatar
Posts: 6271
Joined: Sat May 02, 2009 8:03 am
Location: FEMA SECTOR V

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:15 pm » by Seahawk


Will's vision of light speed. :flop:


Upload to Disclose.tv


Upload to Disclose.tv



We gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom. - William Bell

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 9937
Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 3:24 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:25 pm » by *WillEase*


Seahawk wrote:Will's vision of light speed. :flop:


Upload to Disclose.tv



That was quick. :roll:
Your a funny guy.

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 8431
Joined: Sat May 30, 2009 7:37 am

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:36 pm » by Lucidlemondrop


Image

maybe

Image
What a long strange trip it's been..............

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 8940
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:52 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:39 pm » by Noentry


i have contemplated on breaking the light speed barrier and what would it be like?

Einstien linked the speed of light with time.
Time travel has been explained as a result of FTLS.

In my mind, time is the force that separates the whole into slices, each slice leading to the other.
The Planck Length of Quantum Foam are the slices( the frames on a film ). If we pass the speed of light we are no longer part of this slicing of the whole and exist in a dimension above time(where info is stored). I theorize we would exist everywhere/as the whole no longer individuals, we are no longer part of time, no longer linear, time and infinite individual choice becomes irrelevant.

Can man exist with out time? As a material linear being, I lean to NO.
What would happen to existence?
I think existence would all become one big blur too.
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
A. A. Milne

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 9937
Joined: Sun May 20, 2012 3:24 pm

PostThu Jan 17, 2013 7:43 pm » by *WillEase*


Noentry wrote:i have contemplated on breaking the light speed barrier and what would it be like?

Einstien linked the speed of light with time.
Time travel has been explained as a result of FTLS.

In my mind, time is the force that separates the whole into slices, each slice leading to the other.
The Planck Length of Quantum Foam are the slices( the frames on a film ). If we pass the speed of light we are no longer part of this slicing of the whole and exist in a dimension above time(where info is stored). I theorize we would exist everywhere/as the whole no longer individuals, we are no longer part of time, no longer linear, time and infinite individual choice becomes irrelevant.

Can man exist with out time? As a material linear being, I lean to NO.
What would happen to existence?
I think existence would all become one big blur too.

deep :think:

Conspirator
User avatar
Posts: 8940
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:52 pm

PostFri Jan 18, 2013 10:58 pm » by Noentry


WillEase666 wrote:
Noentry wrote:i have contemplated on breaking the light speed barrier and what would it be like?

Einstien linked the speed of light with time.
Time travel has been explained as a result of FTLS.

In my mind, time is the force that separates the whole into slices, each slice leading to the other.
The Planck Length of Quantum Foam are the slices( the frames on a film ). If we pass the speed of light we are no longer part of this slicing of the whole and exist in a dimension above time(where info is stored). I theorize we would exist everywhere/as the whole no longer individuals, we are no longer part of time, no longer linear, time and infinite individual choice becomes irrelevant.

Can man exist with out time? As a material linear being, I lean to NO.
What would happen to existence?
I think existence would all become one big blur too.

deep :think:


Will thanks. :cheers:
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
A. A. Milne



  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
Visit Disclose.tv on Facebook